FBI agent in Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping probe accused of assaulting wife

The FBI agent who is at the center of the investigation into the plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is accused of assaulting his wife after attending a swingers’ party.

The Detroit News reports that Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, was charged Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm after he allegedly smashed his wife’s head on a nightstand and choking her after an argument stemming from the party they attended. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office filed an affidavit that stated Trask’s wife had bloody lacerations to the right side of her head. Additionally, she had “blood all over chest, clothing, arms, and hand” as well as “severe” bruising to her neck and throat.

She told the police that she and her husband had been drinking at the party. She stated that she did not enjoy the party, and that the two argued about it on the way home. It was at home when Trask began assaulting her. She tried to escape by grabbing his beard, only to have him start choking her. She eventually managed to free herself. After the incident, Trask was found in the parking lot of a supermarket where he was arrested.

Trask has worked for the FBI since 2011 and served as the FBI’s public face for the Whitmer case, testifying in federal court about the investigation. The FBI declined to comment, but a spokeswoman said the bureau is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office.  Trask’s job status is unclear. “In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” she said in a statement. Trask was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and faces a charge punishable for up to 10 years in prison.



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